Gagging Order To Be Lifted On Military Personnel

A reckoning is coming for the unpunished abuse of power in our Armed Forces Said MP for Rutland and Melton, Alicia Kearns. Today my colleague Sarah Atherton will launch a subgroup of the Defence Committee to hear evidence from women serving in the Armed Forces about their experiences of bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and rape within the Armed Forces. This is a ground-breaking moment because the Defence Secretary has rightly stepped in to lift the gagging order on serving personnel

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Bird Flu Confirmed at TwinLakes Theme Park

Bird flu has been reported in poultry and captive birds at the Twinlakes theme park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has identified the strain as H5N8 and has put 3 and 10 kilometres Temporary Control Zones in place. The remaining birds are to be humanely culled to prevent the spread of the outbreak. The birds of prey are in a secure accommodation on a different part of the site. Controlled access is

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Car Driver Runs Over Police Officer’s Foot

After being stopped for having no insurance, an Audi A4 driver ran over a police officer’s foot on Thursday (19th November). The vehicle was stopped at approximately 8pm on Lands End Way in Oakham after being identified as having no insurance in force for the said car. Whilst speaking to the driver and the passenger, the driver drove away running over one of the officers foot and catching his leg. Fortunately the officer did not sustain any serious injuries. Leicestershire

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Chris Wood Trophy Presented To Keith Crellin

Tonight, 20th August 2020, the Chris Wood trophy was presented to Keith Crellin. The trophy is presented annually in memory of a Past President, Chris Wood. It is given to the member of the Oakham Rugby Club who has demonstrated outstanding service to the club. This year Past President Steve Beanland made the presentation to Keith Crellin, a club stalwart. There could not have been a worthy recipient than Keith, an avid fan of the game. Since his arrival almost

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Whitwell, A Divided Village

Drive East from Oakham towards Stamford on the A606 for five miles. You will arrive at Whitwell, a divided village. A village cut in two by the A606 that goes right through the village. This beautiful little village is one of the smallest villages in the county of Rutland, the smallest county in England. The 2001 census showed a population of 41. The 2011 census showed a population of less than 100. The houses in the village are built mainly

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VJ 75th Anniversary at St Peter and St Paul’s Uppingham

Today, 15th August, VJ 75th Anniversary at St Peter and St Paul’s, Uppingham was held. In attendance was the Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness and the Rutland High Sheriff Richard Cole. The ceremony, conducted by Canon Rachel Watts, took place with only the two officials representing the Rutland residents. They were also representing serving armed forces members and veterans. This, unfortunately, was because of the coronavirus social distancing regulations. It was decided this was best as there would have been

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VJ Day 75th Anniversary at Oakham Church

Today, 15th August 2020, a two minute silence was held to mark VJ Day 75th Anniversary at Oakham church. Because of the coronavirus pandemic only the Lord Lieutenant and Rutland High Sheriff took part. As the Lord Lieutenant explained, because of social distancing rules it seemed the only sensible thing to do. The two of them representing Rutland residents veterans, and serving armed forces. After a speech by Dr Furness the names of those from Oakham who perished out there,

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The Rainbow Trail Officially Opened

Saturday morning (August 8th 2020) the Rainbow Trail officially opened. Dr Sarah Furness, the Lord Lieutenant for Rutland, and Richard Cole Esq, the High Sheriff for Rutland, were both there to complete the ribbon cutting ceremony. Watched by members of the Rainbow trail, Dr Sarah Furness delivered an uplifting speech and afterwards she and Richard Cole each cut a ribbon to declare it open. After the ribbon cutting ceremony they both met all of the members present and had a

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A Shooting in Oakham

Last night (Wednesday 5th August) Police were called to an address in Burley Way, after a shooting in Oakham. A man telephoned the police to report he had been slightly injured after he had been shot with an air gun. The Police helicopter was called to assist the officers on the ground in searching the area for the person responsible, but no one has yet been found. Enquiries into the incident are still ongoing and anyone with any information are

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Another Walk In The Rutland Countryside

Once again I have been for another walk in the Rutland Countryside carrying my camera and thoughts. What a fantastic afternoon I had. Best of all was seeing the natural surroundings and the wild plants and trees. Wish I could profess to know what all I saw was, but no I’m not that clever. Once I got back home and downloaded the film clips I had recorded, I then set about editing all of them together. I think this is

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